SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Goalkeeper Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks blocks a shot with his stick knocking the puck away from Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period at HP Pavilion on February 9, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp